first things first, simon and i decided to see what we can do during weekends if we move in sydney(he insists that he will also migrate with me hehe). so from the airport, we drived for around 2 hours to check out the city's weekend getaway - blue mountains.
our first stop was the lookout point for the three sisters. they are rock formations(around 900 meters high each) formed by erosion. legend says that they used to be three beautiful sisters who fell in love with men from another tribe. a marriage with that tribe was forbidden so a war took place and so to protect or maybe hide(?) the three sisters, a witch doctor turned them into stones. the witch doctor died from the war though so they remained as stones until now.
we did a bit of hiking to see the katoomba falls and leura cascades. there are lots of activities to do in the national park - bushwalking, camping, cycling. very promising! if we had more time, it would be nice to just spend a couple of days in the mountains. before leaving, since we are tourists anyway, we tried the katoomba scenic railway(world's steepest railway) and the glass-bottomed cablecar scenic skyway.
for dinner, we met with beng, chel and alvin with his family somewhere near the darling harbour. they gave us a walking tour of the city, it was also halloween that night and we saw grown-ups in silly costumes - my favorite was a teenage mutant ninja turtle guy. our highlight of the evening was the white-sailed sydney opera house of course, WOW! it was a really stunning work of architecture from afar and up-close.
during the next few days, we did some more exploring...
town hall(i think), while walking around the city